Tagit Environmental Policy
Last Reviewed : 22/05/19
Next Review : 21/05/20
Tagit Ltd is committed to doing business in a more enlightened way, where we take responsibility for the impact of our work on the world around us. It is our quest to become a truly socially responsible business and we are working with our customers and suppliers to combat the effects of climate change, reduce waste, safeguard natural resources and trade ethically in all we do.
Tagit Ltd recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
Working with you
We are committed to developing ways to make our packaging solutions more environmentally friendly and where possible will advise you on methods and materials that will help us all make a difference, no matter how small.
Recently we have seen resurgence in clients requesting cardboard packaging, a trend which reflects the current climate we all work in. Where possible for these projects we will use FSC or NAPM accredited material (see below).
For plastic packaging we are currently replacing PVC with recyclable materials like Polypropylene and PET. We are also exploring new technologies around biodegradable/compostable plastics.
We endeavour to:
- Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
- Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
- Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
- Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
- Increase employee awareness and training.
- We will minimise the use of paper in the office.
- We will reduce packaging as much as possible.
- We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products.
- We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible.
Energy and water
- We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible.
- Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use.
- Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind.
- The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing.
- We will evaluate if the need can be met in another way.
- We will evaluate if renting/sharing is an option before purchasing equipment.
- We will evaluate the environmental impact of any new products we intend to purchase.
- We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible.
- We will reuse and recycle everything we are able to.
- We will reduce the need to travel, restricting to necessity trips only.
- We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing.
- We will make additional efforts to accommodate the needs of those using public transport or bicycles.
- The environmental cost of all of our business flights will be offset by contributions to Climate Care.
Maintenance and cleaning
- Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
- Materials used in office refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
- We will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.
Monitoring and improvement
- We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
- We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
- We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
- We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
- We will increase employee awareness through training.
- We will review this policy and any related business issues at our monthly management meetings.
- We will involve staff in the implementation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.
- We will update this policy at least once annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
- We will provide staff with relevant environmental training.
- We will work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance.
- We will use local labour and materials where available to reduce CO2 and help the community.
Tagit ensures that all our factories are fully regulated and conform to our internal and major customers’ environmental and ethical policies. If you have any further queries, please speak to a member of our team.
The NAPM recovered fibre definition states
Paper and board qualities seeking to be certified with one of the NAPM Recycled Paper Marks must be manufactured from a minimum of 50%, 75% or 100% genuine paper and board waste fibre, no part of which should contain mill produced waste.
The NAPM defines genuine recovered fibre in the following terms:
1. Converters Waste: waste that has left the mill and is waste from a cutting or slitting operation
2. Printers waste: printed or unprinted – waste collected from a printing operation and may be either ‘trimmings’ (guillotine waste), ‘overs’, ‘rejects’ or any other similar waste received direct from a printer.
3. Domestic/Office waste: waste collected from either of these places – it may be printed or unprinted.
4. Newsstand Returns
5. Other – for example industrial waste, agricultural waste etc
Any combination of the above can go towards the 50%, 75% or 100% genuine recovered fibre minimum.
Under no circumstances can Mill Broke, Virgin Wood Fibre or Virgin Non-wood Fibre contribute to genuine recovered fibre.
With regard to the NAPM Certified Recycled mark, we would prefer no reference to be made to the A, B, C or D classifications of waste.
It is not always easy to determine the recycled fibre content. Currently, a number of labeling schemes exist to inform consumers of the composition of recycled paper and the source of the recycled content. An example of this is the A, B, C & D classification system (table 11), which was agreed by a group of recycled paper suppliers. Although widely used, this system has not been adopted by the whole of the industry but it is a valuable guide and enables the right questions to be put when specifying recycled paper.
A – Woodfree (chemically pulped), approved own mill waste. This paper has required no de-inking and contains no post-consumer waste. This paper would have been used in products not labelled as recycled. No real environmental benefits.
B – Woodfree, unprinted waste. The paper has not been used or written on. It is called post-industrial or pre-consumer waste. This does not contain any post-consumer waste. Only marginal environmental benefits.
C – Woodfree, printed waste. This includes computer printouts, white copier and printing papers, top class printed literature, usually de-inked. Almost all of this paper is post-consumer waste. Significant environmental benefits through waste reduction and conservation of energy and forests.
D – Mechanically pulped printed waste, such as newsprint. All the paper is post-consumer, low-grade waste, much of it from domestic sources. Greatest environmental benefit.